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4.4 out of 5 stars
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4.4 out of 5 stars
Inside Men [DVD]
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 24 February 2012
Manager of a counting house, through which huge quantities of cash are shipped, John cuts a sad figure as a man frightened of life. Uptight and tense, bullied by his boss and mocked by his staff, perhaps impotent, he maintains an unlikely position as best performing manager through obsessive hard work, assisted by being prepared to make up from his own pocket any small shortfall in the accounts. For the most part he is almost robotically lacking in emotion, but under pressure the underlying rage on occasion bursts out.

Then John's discovery of a petty theft by two of his employees triggers the idea for the heist with which the drama opens.

As much a psychological drama as a thriller, the intricate and intriguing plot switches back and forth in time over a period of months, in order to explore the motivations of the "inside men" and reveal both the complex details of the planned theft, and how it works out in practice. The three main characters and the women in their lives are all strongly developed with distinct personalities.

In a reverse of the norm, the earlier parts of the drama are in many ways more suspenseful and gripping than the denouement. I can understand why some viewers have reported feeling let down by the ending. My sense of disappointment was short-lived when I realised that, in leaving some morally ambiguous outcomes, the plot leaves us with a good deal of food for thought.
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on 17 October 2015
I can understand that some reviewers were disappointed by the ending to this four part drama. If one views it purely as a heist movie, it can be a let down but viewed for what it is, the lives of the characters involved and the stress and pressures they are all under as a result of planning this heist and its aftermath, it reveals a suspenseful and interesting story. It is thus best viewed as the lives of three families who become embroiled in the nightmare of a plan that may not have been the best of schemes.

The acting is very good and I would go as far as to consider this to be Steven Mackintosh's best role to date (2012) when the film was produced.
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on 15 June 2017
Excellent
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on 6 August 2014
Steven Mackintosh and Ashley Walters reunited again... I remember Sugarhouse.
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on 19 July 2017
loved this first time round -def a keeper
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on 1 June 2017
I found ths a bit boring and predctable.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 28 June 2012
Inside Men is a four part drama which screened on BBC1 during February 2012. A fine cast aided by a well written script deliver fantastic viewing and suspense which is let down by the final episode.
Warren Brown, Steven Mackintosh and Ashley Walters are the lead actors and perform very convincingly in their respective roles.
Inside Men is a gripping drama and worth the four hours spent watching. If the ending had been better, this would have been given five stars.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 28 February 2012
The title of Inside Men refers to 3 employees of a cash depository who come up with a daring plan to rob the place of over £100 million. It also refers to what goes on inside the minds & hearts of these 3 different guys, at what actually makes them men. All 3 have very different motives, ranging from a mid-life crisis & being treated like a doormat to just providing for their families. But these are ordinary working men - how will they cope with hiring career criminals? Can they keep their nerve once the job is done? After all, the police know that on jobs like this, there's always an inside man.

This 4-part BBC drama (each episode just under 1 hour) is incredibly well made - it's exciting, atmospheric, edge-of-the-seat stuff, rounded off with believable dialogue & superb acting. While all the actors do an excellent job, Steven Mackintosh is particularly worthy of note with a compelling, sympathetic performance which had me rooting for his troubled character. The characters all felt very well-rounded & believable, rather than just walking clichés.

Sadly, the first 3 excellent episodes were marred somewhat by the final one, where serious holes developed in the plot. The problem was they added in a new plot-line which felt like it hadn't really been thought through. As such, I suspect it was added on at the last minute just to give one of the characters a bit more to do & that things would have hung together a lot better without its inclusion. But the rest was so good, this minor blip is easily forgiven. There is no denying that this is an excellent series, which I immediately bought after seeing it on TV & can see myself re-watching over & over again.
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on 2 March 2012
The first 3 episodes of inside men was so engaging, well written, well acted and entertaining, then came the end episode. Without giving anything away I can tell you it was one of the most confused, unsatisfied endings I have watched. It is sad the writer could not find a better way to end this story.
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on 28 August 2015
An intriguing and brilliant crime drama with a really good cast and plot, conveying a sense of fate and tragedy that has also a moral reflections on men and their torn role in life and society. An excellent BBC production (as usual).
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